OSCM community members:
Please mark your calendars for the Industry Studies Association 2023 Conference!
If you are not familiar with the ISA, it is a cross-disciplinary group of scholars whose unifying traits are a deep focus on an industry and a tendency to have a public policy bent. The conference is an offshoot of the no-longer-funded Sloan Foundation studies, including the motor vehicle study at MIT that resulted in the Machine that Changed the World, the financial industry studies group at Wharton (that included Philadelphia Fed Chair Patrick Harker, who spoke at a reception at the last conference), and the semiconductor industry studies at Berkeley. It is always a truly invigorating conference.
2023 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference
May 31 - June 2, 2023
The Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Reconceptualizing Competition: Nation, Region, Firm, and Individual
Please mark your calendars for the 2023 Industry Studies Association Conference to be held in Columbus, OH. Formal conference activities will begin around 1pm on May 31st, and end after lunch on June 2nd. The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) will be the morning of May 31st. As for excursions, we expect to be able to visit Honda of Marysville, the oldest Japanese automotive plant in the U.S. (built in 1982). We also hope to visit a large generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, and the U.S. headquarters of the large Scottish brewery, Brewdog. These excursions will be the morning of May 31st and/or the afternoon of June 2nd. While we have many great sessions in the works, we welcome thoughts from members for any special sessions-book authors, specific topics, etc.
Far more than a college town, Columbus is a dynamic metropolitan area of two million people. Columbus is an important player in many industries, including automotive, pharmaceuticals, insurance, retail, logistics, hospitality, and-coming in 2024 with Intel's planned $20 billion investment-semiconductors. Columbus is also home to The Ohio State University, a leading research institution with an enrollment of over 60,000 students, making it among the very largest universities in the U.S.; often the largest when only considering on-campus students. The conference hotel and sessions will all be housed at the Fisher College of Business, a five-building complex on the campus. Our Wednesday night opening will be across the street in Ohio Stadium (also called The Horseshoe, or The 'Shoe), an iconic 100-year-old stadium that seats over 100,000 people. Our Thursday reception will be a few miles away on a rooftop adjacent to the Short North, a vibrant arts district just south of campus (and just north of downtown, hence the name).
We are excited about this year's theme: Reconceptualizing Competition: Nation, Region, Firm, and Individual. The theme reflects a world that seems to be de-globalizing, due first to trade wars in the late 2010s, a realization of the risks of long supply chains during COVID (amid claims of "vaccine nationalism"), followed by high inflation and a ground war in Europe. Partially in response, there has been increased attention to industrial policy (no longer anathema) in many countries. This means that firms, governments, and individuals are interacting in a changed environment in which ideas and assumptions about competition are being challenged and reinvigorated.
Topics of interest relevant to this year's theme include but are not limited to:
While the ISA encourages papers and panels related to the conference theme, a tie to theme is not mandatory. Any papers or panels that build upon the ISA's foundational interest in organizations and industries are welcome.
Abstracts for paper and panel submissions are due Friday, January 20, 2023, 5pm.
Submit your paper proposal
Submit your panel proposal
While we will periodically e-mail you, keep an eye on our main website (industrystudies.org) and conference website (industrystudies.org/isa-conferences) for updated information about plenaries and special sessions, and for the opening of the submission system.
John Gray, 2023 Conference Chair
Tonya Boone, 2023 ISA President
Hiram Samel, 2023 Conference Committee Member
Jeff Furman, 2023 Early Career Development Committee Chair
Industry Studies Association
PO Box 1647
Pullman, WA 99163
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